Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 – Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Netherland Antilles – Mostly Cloudy – 82F

Distance from San Juan to Philipsburg, St. Maarten, NA:  186 Nautical Miles

A nice day in St. Maarten – kind of cool today so walking through the town is more pleasant.  There aren’t as many ships here today as usual so the tiny town won’t be wall to wall people.  Instead of walking into the city from the pier (not a very interesting walk) we paid $7 each for an all day water taxi ticket (comes with a yellow wrist pass). The taxi ride is pretty quick (maybe 5-10 minutes) and the drop point is dead center of the town and right on the beach.

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The Cruise Port from Philipsburg Beach

We headed down Front Street (pretty much the only street) and I took another picture of the famed (at least for us) directional sign.  I only do it because it has Evanston IL on one of the markers.

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You don’t need GPS on St. Maarten

Ran into a pretty famous person on the island – Captain Jack Sparrow just standing there ready for a picture with me.  This, of course, is not the real Johnny Depp (he is most likely either on St. John or St. Barts. 

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Captain Jack and Me

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The Philipsburg Beach

We had our usual scavenger hunt on St. Maarten – hitting all of the jewelry stores for pendants, earrings, and other trinkets.  The best deal of all was the free Heineken Beer offered at one of the stores.

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Cheers or whatever it is in Dutch

We took the water taxi back, got ourselves cleaned up, and had a nice dinner in the Grand Cuvee Dining Room.  We didn’t take in the show tonight (“Velocity”) but instead sat out on the warm open deck for fresh air and the quiet roar of the ocean.  Can’t beat it.

Tomorrow we are in St. Thomas…

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